Marketing consultant Qara Whitaker loves her job, happily putting in endless hours and working through holidays. But when her grandmother asks that she accompany her on a birthday trip to Mongolia to visit their family, Qara can’t say no. Packing up her laptop, Qara boards the plane—never imagining that a shared cab ride with a stranger will change her life forever.
Hoping to push through writer’s block, author Benjamin Lacoy hops on a plane to Mongolia looking for inspiration. A chance meeting with a beautiful and intelligent woman whose smile ignites his heart leads to them playing tourists. Sparks fly and Ben is feeling far more than inspiration, yet each time he and Qara get close, she’s distracted by work.
Ben is torn; he likes Qara, but he always promised himself he’d never let work come before family and friends as his parents did. Opposites clearly attract, but can they learn to balance work with love in order to build a future together?
Title: Love on the Winter Steppes
Author: Paris Wynters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: January 5, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Right now in the current real world, it was such an enticing relief to take a trip to Mongolia, an exotic (and unexplored for me) part of the world for a romance that is full of laughter, tensions, and perhaps eventually compromise and a happy ever after for Ben and Qara in Love on the Winter Steppes. The vivid scenery descriptions, the unusual foods, just the feel of a country that isn’t often seen as a romance backdrop were as important as the opposites attract feel going on between this couple.
Qara is a workaholic, there is no doubt about that. Even on vacation, she cannot leave a ring tone unanswered. Ben is the opposite, a writer who is on a deadline for the next book and he’s facing writer’s block, hoping that the trip to Mongolia will open up his imagination and get the book finished. He didn’t expect to meet a woman who would interest and exasperate him at the same time – or to fall in love with Qara and her family.
Love on the Winter Steppes was a fun romance, one that sparked my imagination and kept me focused on the story. I understood both Ben’s and Qara’s reasons for their lifestyles but really wanted to see Qara lighten up, and even open up to her family about what her job is doing to her. I adored Qara’s grandmother, although I have questions as to why some things I expected didn’t actually seem to happen. Qara’s sister was interesting, and once again there are opposites even within this family. In all, I had a good time here through the laugher, tears, frustration, and eventual happy ending.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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